Research Profile: Stephen Burns

Stephen is Coordinator of Ministry Studies at Pilgrim Theological College, where he accompanies the candidates for public ministries of the church, and teaches across worship and ministry units. He is Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology in the University of Divinity. A British-Australian citizen, he studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, hons; MA; PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt) and is a presbyter in the Church of England. He has taught in ecumenical seminaries in the UK (The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, where he is International Research Consultant; Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, Durham) as well as in the USA (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge) and Australia (including at United Theological College, Sydney).


Stephen’s 2019 teaching at Pilgrim includes: Liturgical Theology and Practice—an introduction to liturgical study; Liturgy Lab.—a practice-intensive unit especially suitable for ministers looking to do fresh thinking about their contexts; and Cross-cultural Practice of Ministry.

He also teaches in units closely associated with the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies, based in the University of Divinity, co-teaching (with a range of colleagues) Thinking Otherwise—an introduction to feminist theologies—and (with Katharine Massam) Mary: Feminist Theological Revisions.


Stephen’s publications include:

He is currently coediting, with Robert Gribben, When We Pray: The Future of Common Prayer; with Bryan Cones, A Guide for the AssemblyAccording to All?, and Twentieth-Century Anglican Theologians; and with Ann Loades, a selection of her essays, Limned With Our Image. He is writing, with Nicola Slee, Riting the Body: Feminist Liturgy—Theology and Practice.


Stephen’s research areas are liturgical theology and feminist and postcolonial theologies. Current concerns are indicated in his recent writing, including


Stephen is currently supervising postgraduate research in liturgical, contextual and queer theologies.


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